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January 24, 2019

Reading Time: 5 Minutes When do you find time to do all those “one-day” ideas on your list? I’ve found that downtime or offseason is a GREAT time for these—as long as you think they’re also fun! We talk a lot over here about taking time to rest or take that sabbatical—and enjoy your downtime. But some of us […]

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January 14, 2019

Reading Time: 8 Minutes Today, I’m sharing my review of HoneyBook—the client relationship management tool I’ve used since 2016! This little workhorse tool has helped me collect nearly $250K in my small business over the past 2.5 years. I tried loads of systems to streamline accounting and client workflow the first few months after I quit my corporate job. I’d been serving brides for years […]

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January 3, 2019

Reading Time: 7 Minutes Somebody told me once that you grow into your own advice. I started my business day 1 by saying I wanted to work from a place of rest—not hustle. Hustle’s my go-to, my shotgun rider, my arm-in-arm comrade … it’s a good thing, but in my past it’s been the ultimate thing. Hustle serves its purpose for […]

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December 27, 2018

Reading Time: 2 Minutes In today’s video, I’m tackling a question 99.9999% of my students and clients ask me: Should I list my prices on my website? Or if I am, how exactly do I do that? Spoiler alert: there isn’t ONE right way or wrong way—in this video, I’m sharing with you why you need to have your ear to the […]

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December 26, 2018

Reading Time: 8 Minutes Let’s talk loud and proud about the thing you’re not supposed to talk about: MONEY. Today, I want to dig into how to figure out how much to pay yourself as a creative entrepreneur. It’s something I struggled with and messed up, and had to work really hard to get on the right track as […]

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December 19, 2018

Reading Time: 10 Minutes You have #alltheideas … but not a clear, defined path to pump it out in an editorial calendar or marketing & PR plan. A few of my Copywriting for Creatives students asked me this week how I plan out a marketing plan & editorial calendar, and while I talked them through it, I wanted to […]

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December 17, 2018

Reading Time: 10 Minutes Last week I talked about the 10 biggest mistakes I’ve made as a business owner, and today, I’m telling you the 13 BEST things I’ve done for my business! This is the first time I’ve felt comfortable sharing some of these things, so here goes nothing. 🙂 Why am I sharing so much of this? […]

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December 12, 2018

Reading Time: 10 Minutes I’m going there—today, I want to talk about small business investment tips that have worked for me. My friend Stacey (a side-hustling stationer buddy with a sweet day-job as a campaign manager at a major non-profit fundraising agency) and I crunched over leaves after work yesterday in sneaks on a walk around our neighborhood. “I […]

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December 10, 2018

Reading Time: 9 Minutes Today, I’m gonna get personal. I don’t want to share only the polished, filtered version of being a creative business owner, because it’s anything but. My team, my husband, my mom … heck, I will be the first to tell you I constantly mess up! Here, I want to share with you what my business […]

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December 3, 2018

Reading Time: 10 Minutes Sabbatical? Check. Paid sabbatical? Check. But paid maternity leave? As an entrepreneur? With a team? Ay yi yi. Y’all have been asking how I’m prepping for Baby Carter, so in this post, I want to tell you what I’ve done each trimester along the way! Whether it’s extended leave, maternity leave, or just sabbatical, I hope […]